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Will the two young men in this photo sue the New York Post?

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The story is HERE:

One of the glories of journalism is openness. Want to file a story and publish it? Go right ahead. There are no government licensing requirements, no independent board, no regulatory hurdles, no nothing. Accordingly, there are no official sanctions applying to journalists who screw up, who mangle facts, who libel innocent youngsters hanging around at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

So journalists at the New York Post should be extra appreciative of the First Amendment these days. No one can revoke their journalistic licenses for their most heinous act of last week — publishing a cover photo of two guys at the marathon under the headline “Bag Men: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.” They can continue mangling journalism for as long as the paper remains in circulation. It’s a great country.

That’s not to say there are no countermeasures. The victims of the New York Post’s scurrilousness may avail themselves of another great constitutional amendment — the seventh, which entitles people access to the courts “in suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars…”

In other words, the young men in the New York Post cover photo can seek millions or even billions of dollars in damages from the paper.

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Read the rest of that piece for an explanation of how the men in the picture might have a good case for libel.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Neftali

    They should also file a lawsuit against Reddit.

  2. I bet Murdoch has already tapped the phones of these poor guys, waiting to smear them if they try to pick a fight.

  3. Craig Knauss

    Collecting for liable isn’t really that easy. Besides having to prove, for practical purposes, that the statement is false, the plaintiffs will have to prove that their reputations have been ruined and that they have suffered damages. If nobody identifies them from the picture, or they have not had financial injury, that will be hard to do. That’s why the supermarket tabloids get away with so much.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    How strange that Fox would blame CNN for jumping the gun on the suspect story…but they did the exact same thing they justv took theres down sooner….and the NY post is also owned by the same fox republican network…wow really

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